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About us

WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation is the leading global charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins.

Our vision

Our vision of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free is not a noble gesture, but an essential means to sustain the future of our Earth by increasing the planet’s climate resiliency

Our mission

To amaze people with the wonder of whales and dolphins and inspire global action to protect them.

A world where every whale and dolphin is safe & free

There are 3 vital ways that we are fighting for the survival of whales and dolphins.

Together we can:

Japanese whaler with harpoon hunting minke whales

Whaling and captivity

Whales and dolphins should live free and healthy lives.

Humpback whale tail in Antarctica

Why whales and dolphins matter

Whales play a vital role in the health of the marine ecosystem and the planet.

man attempting to free common dolphin from fishing gear

Create safe seas

Vessels and fishing gear accidentally harm over 650,000 marine mammals each year

How we work

The qualified and dedicated staff of WDC work to protect whales and dolphins from the many threats they face through campaigns, scientific research, advising governments, conservation projects, field research, and educational outreach.

We operate at international meetings and work globally, as well as working regionally through our offices in North America, the UK, Germany, and Australia.

Our values

Passion – We care deeply about whales and dolphins, and we share this passion with our supporters.

Integrity – Our work is backed by robust research, science and philosophy.

Inclusiveness – WDC does not work alone. Our supporters are at the heart of what we do. We also work collaboratively with researchers, other NGOs, communities, and governments to achieve real protection for whales and dolphins.

Courage – We are not afraid to take on big business, governments or industries whose actions harm whales and dolphins.

Our successes

Whales and dolphins face threats each and every day but every day our supporters, volunteers, and partners make an invaluable contribution to our work. We are extremely grateful for this support.

Take a look at some of WDC’s achievements in the past year that you helped to make possible!

End captivity

Stop whaling

Create healthy seas

Prevent deaths in nets

Upheld ban on commercial whaling

Greater protection for Hector's dolphins

Reducing fishing gear threat to right whales

Whale meat no longer moved through EU ports

Marine protected area created in Bangladesh

UK commits to reduce death in nets

Marine protected area created in Antarctica

US import of captured beluga whale stopped

Speed limit for ships along the US east coast

Harbour porpoise homes protected in UK

Online whale meat sales stopped in Japan

World's first beluga whale sanctuary

You can help protect whales and dolphins by taking action today.

Today there are around 3,000 whales and dolphins held captive in aquariums, zoos, and marine parks. These highly intelligent individuals should not suffer for human "fun". You can help end the cruel exploitation of whales and dolphins in marine parks around the world.

Make a difference

Join our team  - no matter which way you choose, your commitment helps whales, dolphins, and our shared planet.

Save the whales, save the world.

Humpback whale spyhop

Adopt

Adopt a whale and help us protect these amazing creatures.

Bottlenose dolphin calf breaching with its whole body out of the water

Join

You can join our team and help us save whales and dolphins

Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Donate

Your gifts help us take action for whales and dolphins.

Orca spyhop

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